Killer Instinct Dev Acquired By Amazon; Microsoft Find “New Development Partner”

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Double Helix, developers of the new Strider and Killer Instinct, have been acquired by Amazon, reports Tech Crunch.


The studio’s 75 employees are now part of Amazon and will continue to operate out of their Orange County headquarters. Amazon intends to use the studio to “build innovative games for customers”.


Meanwhile, Microsoft, who own the Killer Instinct franchise, told Polygon that they will continue to further develop Killer Instinct on Xbox One with “a new development partner”.

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Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.